Cole Slaw

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Cole Slaw

Creamy Cole Slaw is a staple at barbecues around the country.  It is great as a side and it is also fabulous on top of a pulled pork sandwich.  The touch of pineapple int his recipe really makes this Cole Slaw something special.

1 14-oz Bag Cole Slaw Mix
1 20-oz Can Crushed Pineapple
¾ Cup Mayonnaise
2 TBSP Sour Cream
1 TBSP Sugar
4 TBSP Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Celery Seed
2 tsp Salt

Drain the pineapple and squeeze out all the juice.  This should yield approximately 1 cup crushed pineapple.
In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, vinegar, celery seed and salt.  Whisk together.
Add the cole slaw and pineapple and mix thoroughly, making sure all the cole slaw is coated.
Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Variation:  You can use pineapple chunks or tid bits instead of crushed pineapple.

Ambrosia Salad

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When my children were small, they asked me to make this for every family gathering.  The fruit and cool whip really make it a light dessert. The chocolate chips just take it over the top. 
1 29-oz Can Fruit Cocktail
1 29-oz Can Mandarin Oranges
1 20-oz Can Pineapple Chunks
2 Cups Flake Coconut
1 Cup Chocolate Chips – Chopped
1 Cup Walnuts – Chopped
2 Cups Mini-Marshmallows
1 16-oz Jar Maraschino Cherries
1 16-oz Container Cool Whip

Drain the fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges and pineapple chunks completely.  Add them to a large bowl.  Add the coconut, chocolate chips, walnuts, marshmallows.  Drain the cherries and remove the stems before adding to the bowl.  It is optional to add the cinnamon or nutmeg.  Fold in the cool whip.

Chill at least 3 hours before serving.

Taco Salad

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Taco Salad

Taco Salad is great.  All the things you love about tacos all mixed together into one bowl.  Yum!! This is truly a winner for the family.


Lettuce – Any kind shredded
1 lbs Ground Beef
1 Cup Shredded Cheese
1 Pkg Taco Seasoning Mix
1 Green Onion – Cut in small pieces
1 Tomatoes – Diced
1 Avocado – Cut in chunks

1 Ear Grilled Corn (or 1 small can corn niblets)
3 TBSP Salsa
Sour Cream
½ Cup Ranch Dressing
2 tsp Sriracha
Nacho Chips
1/2  Cup Ranch Dressing
4 TBSP Salsa
2 tsp Sriracha


Brown the meat and drain any fat in the pan.  Add the taco seasoning to the meat using the manufacturers instructions.
Grill the corn and remove kernels from the cob. (If you are using canned corn, drain and add the kernels to the bowl)
In a large flat bottom bowl start layering the ingredients.  Start with the meat, then add lettuce, green onions, tomatoes, cheese, and avocado. Break up approximately 10 nacho chips and sprinkle them on top of the salad.  Put a dolop of sour cream in the middle.


Spicy Chicken Ceasar Salad

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Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad

I started eating this salad several years ago at my job.  They had special Spicy Salad day and the line was a mile long, so I had to make it.  The combination of grilled chicken and hot sauce are unbelievably good. 


2 Large heads Romaine Lettuce
1 Cup Parmesan Cheese
2 Boneless Chicken Breasts
2 Cups Bread Crumbs
2 Eggs
Oil for frying
4 TBSP Butter – melted
1 Cup Hot Sauce

2 Garlic Cloves
4 Anchovy Fillets
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1 TBSP Lemon Juice
1 tsp WorcestershireSauce
½ tsp Dijon Mustard
1 TBSP Mayonnaise
1/3 Cup Olive Oil


Chicken Breasts
Trim and thin the breasts.  In a shallow bowl, combine the eggs, a pinch of salt and 1/3 cup water, whisk together.  Put the breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl.  Dredge the thinned cutlets in the egg mixture first, then the breadcrumb mixture.
Fry until completely cooked and have a golden brown color.
In a flat bottom pan, combine the melted b
utter and the hot sauce.  Once the cutlets are cooked, place them in the hot sauce mixture and keep turning until all sides are well coated.  Leave the cutlets in the hot sauce mixture while you are making the rest of the salad.
Mince the garlic cloves and the anchovies until they become a paste consistency.  Put the paste in a jar with a tight fitting lid.  Add the salt, pepper, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise and olive oil to the jar.  Put the lid on and shake vigorously until all the ingredients are combined.
Wash and dry the romaine lettuce, discarding any dark green outer leaves.  Cut or tear into bite-sized pieces and add to a large bowl.  Add the Parmesan cheese and dressing.  Toss, making sure all the lettuce is coated with dressing.  Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and add to the salad.  Toss again.  Add the croutons and sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese.**If you like your salad spicier, you can add a few shakes of hot sauce into the salad**



Caprese Salad

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Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad is a staple at my house.  Whether we are watching football or hanging out by the pool, a Caprese Salad is part of the snacks.  This salad with a crusty loaf of Italian Bread is delicious. 



Fresh Mozzarella
Fresh Basil Leaves
Olive Oil

Slice equal amounts of fresh mozzarella and tomatoes.
Arrange them on a platter, alternating tomato, mozzarella and basil leave.  Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper